Hospitals to resume vaccinations Monday

Baker administration cut them off on Feb. 11

HOSPITAL SYSTEMS are alerting their patients that they will resume COVID-19 vaccinations on Monday, less than three weeks after they were cut off by the Baker administration.

Massachusetts General Brigham and Beth Israel Lahey notified patients Wednesday morning that they will be able to resume “limited appointments” for vaccinations on Monday. Spokespersons for the two health systems said they haven’t been told how many vaccines they will receive and it was unclear how the vaccine recipients will be selected. A message to patients from Mass General Brigham said eligible individuals would be invited to participate “based on a fair, random process.”

Following the announcement by the hospital systems, the Baker administration released a statement saying Massachusetts General Brigham and Beth Israel Lahey will provide vaccinations to their patients, while 13  other hospitals will receive vaccinations as long as they offer inoculations to anyone who is eligible to receive one.

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Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

The resumption of vaccinations at hospitals is another twist in the rollout process. Hospitals led the way initially, in part because many of their employees were the first to receive the shots. The Baker administration on February 11 dropped hospitals from the distribution network along with a number of other providers in order to steer more vaccine to  high-volume mass vaccination sites and regional vaccination collaboratives.

That move away from hospital systems is now being reversed, at least somewhat. Hospital systems have heralded their distribution networks as a convenient way to reach those eligible for the shots. The hospitals can identify who among their patients is eligible and make it convenient for them to book an appointment without having to navigate a series of websites.

The individual hospitals expected to start receiving vaccine Monday include Lawrence General Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Milford Regional Medical Center, Mercy Medical Center, Umass Medical Center, Marlborough Hospital, Cape Cod Hospital, Harrington Hospital, Bay State Medical Center, Health Alliance, Heywood Hospital, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, and Nantucket Cottage Hospital.